Implementing the IEC 61850 Substation Automation Standard

Implementing the IEC 61850 Substation Automation Standard

  • Three utilities’ experiences in implementing the IEC 61850 Substation Automation Standard
  • Lessons learned and recommendations
  • For anyone considering the implementation of IEC 61850

Utility experiences in implementing the substation automation standard

The IEC 61850 Substation Automation Standard is a collection of multiple protocols, concepts, and component standards for designing, implementing, and operating utility substation and field device communications, automation systems, and applications. IEC 61850 provides a methodology for adding needed context and structure around what historically was simple, unformatted data.

This white paper presents a summary and analysis of deployments of IEC 61850 by three utilities: New York Power Authority (NYPA), Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), and Southern California Edison (SCE). Each utility had very different experiences and value achievements in their respective implementations, and each identified numerous lessons learned and recommendations for industry groups.

What’s in the report

  • Overview of participating utilities and their implementations of IEC 61850
  • Common lessons learned by utilities in their IEC 61850 implementation
  • Utility recommendations for industry groups, including standards bodies and user communities
  • Recommendations for those getting started with IEC 61850 implementation

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